Kolta in India

Joshua Project has identified the Kolta only in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar

Introduction / History

The Kolta community is distributed in the Balangir, Sambalpur and Sundargarh districts of Orissa. There are a number of gotras among the Kolta such as Balabhadra, Kashyapa, Bharadwaj and Ganesh. They use surnames such as Bhoi, Biswal, Padhan, Sahu and Samal.

The Kolta speak the Oriya language and use the Oriya script. They are also conversant with Hindi and Bengali. Their marriage rituals are performed at the bride's residence and the eldest son inherits authority in the family. Divorce and remarriages are allowed. The dead are cremated.

The Kolta are a land owning community who are mainly engaged in cultivation, cattle and goat rearing. Rice is their staple cereal. Some of them are teachers, engineers and doctors.

Social control is exercised by the community councils such as the Jati Sabha and Mahasabha. Traditionally they accept water and cooked food from the Brahman and Karan and accept only water from the Dumala and Gaudh. They share the same religious shrines with other communities.

The Koltas profess Hinduism and worship the gods namely, Ganesh, Lakshmi, Samaleswari, Patneswari and other deities. They observe the Chait Parab, Makara and Nuakhia festivals. They play musical instruments like Dhole or drum, Ektara or a string instrument and the flute.

Religion: Hindu

Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Pano people and that God may send several Christian workers to work among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* For the Christian media to reach and touch them through their regional forms and language.

Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar Copyrighted ©: Yes Used with permission

People Name General Kolta
People Name in Country Kolta
Population in India 623,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Caulota, Kasbi Khelna, Khelda, Khelta, Kolota, Kuta, Kutamali
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Oriya
People Name General Kolta
Ethnic Code CNN25l
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oriya (506,000) Chhattisgarhi (76,000) Hindi (37,000) Kui (5,400)
Malvi (1,800) Surgujia (1,200) Munda (700) Assamese (400)
Kurux (400) Bengali (400) Koda (200) Garhwali (100)
Pengo (80) Santhali (40) Ho (40) Kuvi (40)
Mundari: Bhumij (20) Kharia (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oriya 506,000 Chhattisgarhi 76,000
Hindi 37,000 Kui 5,400
Malvi 1,800 Surgujia 1,200
Munda 700 Assamese 400
Kurux 400 Bengali 400
Koda 200 Garhwali 100
Pengo 80 Santhali 40
Ho 40 Kuvi 40
Mundari: Bhumij 20 Kharia 10
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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